Dr. Reginald C. Richardson, Sr. was appointed by Governor Kate Brown as Executive Director of the Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, to help her lead Oregon’s efforts to combat addiction. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Richardson served as the Deputy Director for the Oregon Department of Human Services. He joined DHS as the Director of Self-Sufficiency Programs in June 2015, after a nationwide search.
Dr. Richardson came to Oregon from The Family Institute at Northwestern University in Illinois where he was Vice President for Evaluation and Clinical Services. He also served as a clinical lecturer in the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies at Northwestern University. He has taught at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels; authored several publications, and provided social work consultation to a variety of organizations. Dr. Richardson is a frequent speaker and trainer in child, adolescent, and family issues. His research has focused on Understanding Behavioral Problems in Children of Color, Parenting Practices in Kinship Foster Care, and Evaluation of Social Service Programs. He holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and social work, a graduate degree in psychiatric social work and a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Richardson is licensed as a clinical social worker in both Illinois and Oregon, with a clinical practice that specializes in individual, couple, and family therapy.